Biography(references)Straus was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in the nearby suburb of Sycamore Township. Straus came from a troubled household and by the time he was a junior in high school he was living on his own and supporting himself, which included involvement in criminal activities. However, he was given a wild card berth into the NHSCA Senior Nationals and won the tournament. In addition to wrestling, Straus also played soccer and ran for the track and field team in high school. After graduating, Straus moved to Florida and worked in maintenance, but was arrested on robbery charges and was incarcerated from 2004-2007.
Fighter Trivia(references)In the early morning hours of December 17, 2017, Straus was involved in an accident while riding his Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle on State Road 7 in Dade County, Florida. On February 6, 2021, Straus was arrested in Broward County, Florida and was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a weapon after he allegedly assaulted his friend. The victim fled the scene as quickly as she could and went to a neighbor's home, and from there she was taken to a nearby hospital just to make sure the cut was ok. After the victim spoke to police she felt forced to press charges, an arrest warrant for Straus was issued, and he was picked up and booked into the Broward County jail on the aggravated battery with a weapon charge, a felony, with his bail being set at $100,000.
Awards & Accolades
Bellator MMA: Bellator Featherweight World Championship (Two times)
Bellator MMA: Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Runner-up
Bellator MMA: Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Winner
North American Allied Fight Series: NAAFS Undisputed Pro Series Lightweight Championship (One time)
North American Allied Fight Series: NAAFS Interim Pro Series Lightweight Championship (One time)
MMA Junkie: November 2015 Fight of the Month vs. Patricio Freire on November 6
National High School Coaches Association: NHSCA Senior High School National Championship (2003)
National High School Coaches Association: NHSCA Senior All-American (2003)
Ohio High School Athletic Association: OHSAA Division I High School State Championship Third Place (2002)
Ohio High School Athletic Association: OHSAA Division I All-State (2002)
Ohio High School Athletic Association: Sycamore High School Record for Best Season Record (42-1; 2003)
Full Fight | Patricio Pitbull vs. Daniel Straus - Bellator 178
Full Fight | Derek Campos vs. Daniel Straus - Bellator 226
Highlights | Daniel Straus - #Bellator226
Bellator MMA Highlights: Daniel Straus Defeats Justin Wilcox
Bellator MMA Highlights: Daniel Straus Dominates Marlon Sandro
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